The 2012-13 New York Giants backfield is starting to look like a fantasy situation to avoid.
Option A: Ahmad Bradshaw has definitely earned his stripes with the G-Men, but his latest neck injury episode has dislodged his position as the undisputed starter this season. Let’s not forget that before the season started, the fantasy world all knew Bradshaw would not get a grown man’s workload anyway. His fragile frame is now something the coaching staff must monitor, which likely means sharing the love amongst the Giants’ other backs.
Option B: David Wilson approached this season with all the hype that his first-round draft position deserved–and more. Unfortunately he lost Tom Coughlin’s trust after he lost a fumble in his rookie debut. Highlighted by a meager 1.3 YPC on his carries this season, Wilson has had a tough time recovering. We can assume that for the foreseeable future, the Giants will likely only grant him touches sparingly and situationally. However, nobody has forgotten that he has elite back speed worthy of a more serious role down the line.
Option C: Andre Brown had one opportunity to prove himself in Bradshaw’s absence Week 3 and he took full advantage. Earning an impressive 5.7 YPC and finding the endzone twice, Brown showed the football world why he is worthy of at least some touches on a weekly basis. When all three backs are healthy, his size will afford him the change-of-pace role and perhaps even consideration as the most reliable option out of the backfield.
Give it a few weeks at most and the Giants will demonstrate a tag that will make fantasy owners cringe: RBBC (running-back by-committee). However, it is worth noting that having several different and viable options at the tailback position is a win for the Red and Blue.